Oak Lawn-Hometown down to two in search for new supt.

By Laura Bollin

The Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 board of education has whittled its list of potential superintendents down to two, and is expected to announce the district’s new boss early next month.

The next superintendent will replace Art Fessler, who will resign effective July 1 to take the same job in Community Consolidated School District 59 in Arlington Heights. Fessler has been with District 123since July 1, 2010.

The search firm chosen by the district, BWP & Associates, Ltd – the same search firm the district used to find Fessler – has interviewed administrators, parents, and staff to develop a profile of what the district wants in a superintendent. Sixty people applied for the position and the search firm narrowed the field to six candidates – three men and three women. The school board has interviewed those candidates, and one man and one woman are the finalists for the job.

District 123 school board President Joseph Sorrentino said both candidates live within 20 miles of Oak Lawn, however, refused to name them. A contract length has not been determined, but Sorrentino said he expects it to be a three-year deal.

“We want someone that can continue the good work we have done for the last three years,” Sorrentino said. “We want someone who will be active in our community. We want to continue our 21st century learning, which is teaching the kids how to be critical thinkers. And we want someone who has a good handle on making sure that we continue on the board’s goal to balance the budget by 2016.”